Of dark brown skin and
he smells of brown earth,
for years living with little water.
The first time I saw him
was for diarrhea.
The second for schistosoma.
The third for worms and diarrhea.
He smelled of yellow earth
drowned in vinegar and gas.
But I like my brother,
template of innocence, alien dreams.
What is your name? I asked.
I’m Mandoliman, but call me Jim.
And your sisters at the bedside?
They’re Evelyn, Margie, and Jane.
I’m Mandoliman Marancing.
I don’t know my father and mother.
My older brother is a bum.
He got killed over a bottle of rum.
I smell the blood and the rum,
the future of little Mandoliman